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2 clock hours early childhood education training
Common Questions and Comments
“A child with autism in my classroom hits me or other students when they are upset. I have tried everything I can think of to lessen this behavior, and nothing seems to work. What should I do?” – Jami
Let’s start by noting that there is usually no “quick fix” solution to these types of situations, as multiple factors are involved. Lashing out, in this case physically, can be caused by a variety of things. The environment that the child is in can be a huge factor. Remember that those with autism can be hyper sensitive to what is going on around them. Identifying and modifying the environment should be done if possible. Providing students with tools to self-regulate and communicate can be helpful to prevent hitting, but are unique to the individual. There will definitely be some trial and error.
Be sure that when this unwanted behavior is occurring that you as the adult are remaining calm. It is easy to get worked up without even realizing it, and cause the situation to get even worse. Do your best to see the behavior before it actually occurs and position yourself out of reach if you can. Once the child has calmed down, let them know that hitting is not okay, using simple language and/or visuals. Social stories are a wonderful way to communicate that the behavior is unwanted and not safe. You will more than likely need to try a variety of strategies and tools to find what works for the specific child.
“A toddler in my care is presenting several signs of autism listed in this course. What are the next steps?” - Motok
The two first recommended steps are:
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